resolution

The noun resolution has a few related meanings having to do with being firmly determined about something. If you lack determination, you'll never fulfill your New Year's resolutions.

Resolution is the noun form of the verb resolve, which comes from Latin resolvere, "to loosen, undo, settle." We can still see this meaning in resolution, in the sense of "an explanation" or "a solution"; when a problem, conflict or mystery reaches its resolution, it has been "undone," so to speak. Another common meaning is "determination, resolve": "Jose approached the task with resolution." A related sense is "a decision to do something": "My resolution is to go to the gym three times a week."

Primary Meanings of resolution

1.
n
a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
2.
n
finding a solution to a problem
3.
n
the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the angular separation of images that are close together
4.
n
analysis into clear-cut components
5.
n
(music) a dissonant chord is followed by a consonant chord
6.
n
the subsidence of swelling or other signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)
Full Definitions of resolution
1

n a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner

“he always wrote down his New Year's resolutions
Type of:
conclusion, decision, determination
the act of making up your mind about something

n a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem

Synonyms:
answer, result, solution, solvent
Types:
denouement
the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
Type of:
statement
a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

n something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making

“they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences”
Synonyms:
closure, settlement
Type of:
deciding, decision making
the cognitive process of reaching a decision

n a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote

Synonyms:
declaration, resolve
Examples:
Declaration of Independence
the document recording the proclamation of the second Continental Congress (4 July 1776) asserting the independence of the Colonies from Great Britain
Types:
joint resolution
a resolution passed by both houses of Congress which becomes legally binding when signed by the Chief Executive (or passed over the Chief Executive's veto)
Type of:
document, papers, written document
writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)

n the trait of being resolute

“it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work”
Synonyms:
firmness, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolve
Antonyms:
irresoluteness, irresolution
the trait of being irresolute; lacking firmness of purpose
Types:
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possession, self-command, self-control, self-possession, self-will, will power, willpower
the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
steadiness
freedom from wavering or indecision; constancy of resolve or conduct
sturdiness
resoluteness evidenced by strength of character
stiffness
firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action
bullheadedness, obstinacy, obstinance, pigheadedness, self-will, stubbornness
resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
single-mindedness
characterized by one unified purpose
adamance, obduracy, unyieldingness
resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible
decision, decisiveness
the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose
determination, purpose
the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose
steadfastness
steadfast resolution
nerves
control of your emotions
presence of mind
self-control in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency
impenitence, impenitency
the trait of refusing to repent
intransigence, intransigency
the trait of being intransigent; stubbornly refusing to compromise
doggedness, perseverance, persistence, persistency, pertinacity, tenaciousness, tenacity
persistent determination
indefatigability, indefatigableness, tirelessness
tireless determination
diligence, industriousness, industry
persevering determination to perform a task
Type of:
trait
a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
2

n finding a solution to a problem

Synonyms:
solving
Type of:
determination, finding
the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation
3

n the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the angular separation of images that are close together

Synonyms:
resolving power
Type of:
physical phenomenon
a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy

n (computer science) the number of pixels per square inch on a computer-generated display; the greater the resolution, the better the picture

Type of:
physical phenomenon
a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
4

n analysis into clear-cut components

Synonyms:
resolving
Types:
factoring, factorisation, factorization
(mathematics) the resolution of an entity into factors such that when multiplied together they give the original entity
diagonalisation, diagonalization
changing a square matrix to diagonal form (with all non-zero elements on the principal diagonal)
Type of:
breakdown, partitioning
an analysis into mutually exclusive categories
5

n (music) a dissonant chord is followed by a consonant chord

Antonyms:
preparation
(music) a note that produces a dissonant chord is first heard in a consonant chord
Type of:
harmony, musical harmony
the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords
6

n the subsidence of swelling or other signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)

Type of:
remission, remittal, subsidence
an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)

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